SOURCE: Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings

June 20, 2013 16:00 ET

Matt Christensen Joins Bridge Bank as Senior Vice President and San Francisco Regional Manager

Mr. Christensen to Manage Corporate Banking, Capital Finance, and Technology Banking in San Francisco

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ: BBNK), whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located nationwide, announced today that Matt Christensen has joined the bank as senior vice president and San Francisco regional manager.

"We are thrilled to have Matt join the Bridge Bank team," said Margaret Bradshaw, executive vice president and chief banking officer at Bridge Bank. "Matt has been a banker in San Francisco for nearly 30 years and his extensive track record will add to the growth and success of our San Francisco operations," she added. Mr. Christensen will be stationed in Bridge Bank's San Francisco office located on Market Street and will be responsible for growing the portfolios of the bank's Corporate Banking, Capital Finance (asset based lending and factoring), and Technology Banking lines of business.

Bridge Bank entered the San Francisco market in 2005, and recently doubled its office space square footage as a result of its rapid growth there. The San Francisco office is located in the financial district at 455 Market Street, and offers comprehensive financial solutions to clients at various stages of growth, and across a broad range of industries, through its Corporate Banking, Capital Finance, and Technology Banking groups.

"I'm very pleased to join the Bridge Bank team, and at such an exciting point in the bank's growth story," said Matt Christensen. "Bridge Bank has developed a strong reputation of being a leader in the commercial banking industry here in the Bay Area, and I'm looking forward to reinforcing that reputation, and to sharing the bank's story throughout the San Francisco market," he added. Throughout his 30 year banking career in San Francisco, Mr. Christensen has held senior-level positions with regional and national banks, including City National Bank where he was most recently senior vice president and manager in the bank's Commercial Banking group. While at City National Bank, he successfully led a team covering the Northern California and the Pacific Northwest regions. Previously he was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as senior vice president and client manager of Middle Market Banking, as well as director and team leader, Western Region. Mr. Christensen was with GE Capital for over 10 years including senior vice president in the Retail Finance Group, managing director in the Sponsor Finance group and senior vice president and team leader in the Corporate Lending group. He holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and is a graduate of the GE Executive Development program. Mr. Christensen is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, and Commercial Finance Association.

Matt Christensen can be reached at or at 415.794.0087.

About Bridge Capital Holdings
Bridge Capital Holdings is the holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association. Bridge Capital Holdings was formed on October 1, 2004 and holds a Global Select listing on the NASDAQ stock market under the trading symbol BBNK. Bridge Capital Holdings was recently admitted to Sandler O'Neill's Class of 2012 "Sm-All Stars" -- a select group of 25 top-performing publicly traded banks and thrifts from throughout the U.S. with market capitalization of up to $2 billion. For additional information, visit the Bridge Capital Holdings website at

About Bridge Bank, National Association
Recognized by SNL Financial on their 2012's Top 100 Performing Banks with assets between $500m and $5b, and designated "Superior" by BauerFinancial and IDC, Bridge Bank is a full-service professional business bank founded in the highly competitive climate of Silicon Valley in 2001. From the very beginning, our goal has been to offer small-market and middle-market businesses from across many industries a better way to bank. We provide a surprisingly broad range of financial solutions, enabling us to meet our clients' varied needs across all stages -- from inception to IPO and beyond. It's how we go about doing so that differentiates us from our competition.

For additional information, visit the Bridge Bank website at or follow us @BridgeBank.

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